New approach to retrofitting (Gazette-Times), featuring Andre Barbosa, assistant professor of structural engineering. 

On February 24, CH2M, in association with CCE, sponsored and hosted the 49th annual High School Bridge Contest. The event, which is staffed by professional engineers from CH2M and CCE students (many of whom are members of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) student chapter), requires high school students to make a basswood bridge to a specification with the intent to carry as much load as possible. This year, students from five high schools participated in the contest. Students from Riverdale placed first, second, and third in the Conde McCullough Region, Nestucca placed first and second, and Springfield placed third in the Holly Cornell Region. Approximately, 35 high school students, 20 teachers and parents, 32 OSU student volunteers, two CCE faculty members including ASCE faculty advisor Thomas Miller, associate professor of structural engineering, and the ASCE practitioner advisor attended the event. Ben Blasen from CH2M and Kenny Martin, senior instructor, served as judges. The top students in each region are eligible to enter the International Contest to be held later this year. 

Congratulations! At the 2018 PCI Convention and National Bridge Conference, the PCI Board of Directors named CCE Faculty Advisor Keith Kaufman of Knife River Prestress a 2018 PCI Fellow recipient. The honor recognizes outstanding, sustained contributions to the precast/prestressed concrete structures industry and to the Institute. 

CCE alumni are out there, doing great work. View the latest Beavers Build stories on Facebook

Events and Speaker Meetings

  • Tuesday, March 6, 4 to 5 p.m., Kearney 311, CCE Resilience Seminar, “Large Scale IoT Networks in the Building and Built Environments,” presented by Joseph Louis, assistant professor of construction engineering management. 
  • Thursday, March 8, 7:30 a.m., Owen 109, PhD Final Oral Exam, YunJi Choi, "Numerical Investigations on Sewer Geysers."
  • Thursday, March 8, 9 a.m., Kearney 311, PhD Final Oral Exam, Luis Angel Gomez Cunya, "From Perception to Planning: Adaptation in Flood-risk communities." Major Advisors: Meghna Babbar-Sebens, associate professor of water resources engineering and Desiree Tullos, professor of water resources. 
  • The Openly Published Environmental Sensing (OPEnS) Lab invites guests to the first annual OPEnS House on March 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. in Gilmore Annex, Room 200. Learn about OPEnS Lab equipment, capabilities, and current projects. Examples include OPEnSampler: an openly published water sampler capable of sampling from various sources into either mylar bags or hard plastic bottles. There will be a 10-minute presentation at 4:45 p.m. Refreshments provided.
  • Friday, April 6, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Memorial Coliseum, Portland, Women in STEM Speed Networking Event, hosted by HP and Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program (ORTOP). The goal is to provide high-school age women on FIRST Robotics teams in the Pacific Northwest the opportunity to meet one-on-one with professional women in STEM fields. The event will be held in conjunction with the FIRST Robotics Competition PNW District Championships on Many of the young women participating in robotics programs are interested in STEM careers, but teams often have few women mentors in technical roles. The hosts are seeking approximately 140 professional women across science, engineering, and math fields in both industry and academia to participate. Over the course of the event, participants will speak 5-7 minutes with multiple young women, answering their questions and sharing educational and career experiences. For more information, contact the organizers at or register.

Speaker Meetings/Student Chapter Events

  • Monday, March 5, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Granite. Free dinner provided. If interested in a position with Granite, bring a copy of your updated resume to the speaker meeting.
  • Tuesday, March 6, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Stacy and Witbeck. Free dinner provided. 
  • Wednesday, March 7, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Oregon Building Congress. Free dinner served.
  • Wednesday, March 7, 5 p.m., Kearney 312, OSU ITE General Meeting and Officer Elections. OSU ITE will conduct elections for the 2018-19 school year. Numerous positions will be available on the board, so this will be a fantastic opportunity to take on a leadership position within the organization. The meeting will also include discussion on appointed positions that are available for those who want to become more involved but cannot commit a large amount of time next year. Free food provided. If you have any questions, contact OSU ITE President Kayla Fleskes
  • Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m., Kearney 312, AGC Student Chapter Speaker Meeting featuring Build Group. Free dinner provided. 


  • Thursday, March 8, Owen 424, R&R General Contracting (intern and permanent).*
  • Friday, March 9, Stacy and Witbeck* and Build Group, Kearney 101C (intern and permanent). To sign-up for a Build Group interview, bring an updated copy of your resume to their speaker meeting on Thursday, March 8. 

*To sign up for an interview, bring an updated copy of your resume to Kearney 101B. 


CCE office hours: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (the office is closed from noon to 1 p.m. for the lunch hour). 

Drop-in advising is available throughout winter term Monday – Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.

To schedule an appointment, visit the advising page

  • Phase I Priority Registration: February 25 to March 14
  • Phase II Priority Registration (waitlisting begins): March 15 (8 p.m.) to April 9

When emailing advisors, please do not send the same message to multiple advisors. Multiple messages create unnecessary delays in receiving your response. Send general questions to

Graduating students: 

If you plan to graduate in the spring, summer, or fall, now is the time to submit your graduation application. Graduation is not automatic. Students must submit a graduation application to notify the Registrar’s Office of the intended term of degree completion. Learn more

Graduate students: 

Please be advised of the deadlines for completing your final degree requirements. For those with an upcoming event (PhD Program Meeting, PhD Qualifying Exam, PhD Oral Preliminary Exam, MEng/MS/PhD Final Exam) please remember to:

  • Reserve your room with the event schedule form
  • Schedule your event with the Graduate School at least 2 weeks before the event date with the exam schedule form

Opportunities, Scholarships, and Conferences

New! #WeBuildOregon Instagram Contest. The AGC Workforce Professional Develop Committee launched a youth outreach media campaign utilizing the most used social media platform of GenZ+ (ages 14–24) on Instagram. The contest seesk authentic photos of construction professionals on worksites. To participate, follow build_oregon on Instagram, and post a photo of a builder on a job site to Instagram with the hashtag #webuildoregon. Vote for your photo at A winner will be chosen weekly based on the number of votes and will receive a $50 Carhartt gift certificate. 

New! The OSU Department of Wood Science & Engineering, with support from the US Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture’s Education + Literacy Initiative, will offer a 12-week mentored research and/or extension experiences for 10 undergraduate students per year, available during the summers of 2018, 2019, and 2020. The focus can be on nearly any subject that interests students within the broad field of digital manufacturing and mass timber. Each undergraduate will receive a stipend of $500/week and a subsistence allowance. Participants will be invited to present results through posters or presentations. To qualify, participants must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education during the 2017-2018 school year. Learn more and apply. If you have questions, contact Arijit Sinha or Eric Hansen at or (541) 737-6713.

The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) provides scholarship support to undergraduate students at Oregon State University who are majoring in a subject that contributes to a career that promotes healthy aging. Currently enrolled OSU undergraduate students who have completed at least one academic year and who have at least one year of study yet to be completed towards their first bachelor’s (B.S./B.A.) degree are eligible to apply. Scholarship awards average between $750 to $1,500 per person and will be awarded at the OSURA Annual Meeting in May. Funds will be distributed into student accounts for the 2018-2019 academic year. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: Monday, March 5, 2018.

New! Applications are open for the Center for Bio-mediated and Bio-inspired Geotechnics (CBBG) Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Openings are available at Arizona State, UC Davis, Georgia Tech, and New Mexico State universities. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: March 6, 2008. 

Portland State University Study Abroad, Sustainable Transportation in the Netherlands. Program Dates: June 25 - July 6, 2018. Led by Dr. Kelly Clifton. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: March 11, 2018. 

New! Wednesday, March 14, 2018, 8 – 10 a.m., ASU Barrett & O'Connor Washington Center, 1800 I St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20006, The ASU Ambassador Barbara Barrett & Justice Sandra Day O’Connor Washington Center presents “Transformative Knowledge by Design: Graduate Student and Postdoctoral Fellows’ Research Impact.” Learn more and RSVP

Tech Soft 3D, Super Model CAD Design Competition. Contestants are required to submit an original 3D mechanical part or assembly that will be judged according to overall quality and model complexity. Winning contestants will receive recognition and cash, with a first place prize of $1,500. Learn more. Submission deadline: March 15, 2018.

Salem Contractors Exchange (SCE) seeks applicants for their 2018 scholarship. SCE is a membership organization devoted to the construction industry. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: March 19, 2018.

The NASA Office of Education has opened a call for graduate research proposals. The NASA Research Announcement (NRA) NNH18ZHA003N: NASA Fellowship Activity 2018 is seeking student authored and independently conceived graduate research proposals responding to a NASA Research Opportunity listed in the solicitation. The purpose of the NASA Fellowship Activity 2018 is to support the vitality and diversity of the STEM workforce of NASA and the United States by training and funding graduate students during their STEM academic endeavors and providing access to NASA, its content, unique facilities, and STEM experts. To be eligible to submit a proposal, candidates must be U.S. citizens or naturalized citizens who hold a bachelor's degree in a STEM field earned before Aug. 31, 2018. Candidates must be enrolled in a master's or doctoral degree program no later than Sept. 1, 2018, and intend to pursue a research-based Masters or Ph.D. program in a NASA-relevant field. View full program details. An informational webinar about this fellowship will be presented January 24, 2018 at 4 p.m. ET, January 30, 2018 at 2 p.m. ET or February 5, 2018 at 10 a.m. ET. The telecom number is 1-844-467-6272, and the passcode is 993012. The information to join the meeting via the web will be posted on the solicitation webpage once the information is available. Proposals are due March 20, 2018.

The Simpson Strong-Tie Student Scholarship program assists students who are pursuing undergraduate study in structural engineering, architecture or construction management to support education and encourage the design and building of safer structures in our communities. The scholarship award is $2,000. Learn more and apply: Application deadline: March 25, 2018. 

New! Do you have a startup idea? The OSU Advantage Accelerator is now accepting applications for its Iterate program, which begins April 3. OSU students, faculty, staff and community members are all welcome to apply. The four-week workshops series guides participants in evaluating and developing their entrepreneurial ideas. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: March 26, 2018. 

New! Lillian Gilbreth Postdoctoral Fellowships are now available to innovative, interdisciplinary researchers with recent PhDs in engineering or related sciences. Fellows will be selected by a panel of distinguished faculty based on their CV, letters of recommendations, potential for broader impact on industry and society, and proposed research. Gilbreth fellows will have the unique opportunity to prepare themselves for a successful career in academia by: undertaking interdisciplinary research with two co-advisors in different fields; and participation in professional development activities tailored to chosen academia paths. Gilbreth Fellows are provided with: excellent stipend plus benefits, $5K for professional development, interdisciplinary research with leading faculty, and mentoring guided by a comprehensive individual development plan. Learn more and apply. Application deadline: April 8, 2018. 

New! The application for the 2018-2019 Howard Preston Scholarship Award sponsored by the Columbia Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is available. The Columbia Section will award $2,000 in scholarship money this year. Learn more and apply. Application deadline is April 15, 2018.

New! The 2018 The Pacific Forest Foundation Scholarship is open to those who are or will be, studying in forestry-related areas. The award grants 5 to 10 scholarships, in the range of $1,000 to $3,000 each. Learn more: The Pacific Forest Foundation Scholarship. Application deadline: May 1, 2018. 

SOM is pleased to introduce a program, Year One, for graduates seeking to jumpstart their career in architecture, engineering, urban planning, or interior design. Open to students completing a degree in 2018, Year One combines an entry-level opportunity with an accelerated program for professional development. Our first "incoming class" will supplement their project-based work with a range of activities and creative initiatives to help them get the most out of their first year at SOM. Selected participants will be paired with senior-level mentors, join colleagues on site visits, explore our project archives, receive resources to succeed on the ARE exam, and more. Learn more. The application period begins Thursday, Feb. 22 and ends June 1, 2018. 

West Yost routinely awards scholarships to qualified students to attend, free of charge, industry conferences that match their vision for advancing sustainable water management, including water, wastewater, and stormwater conferences. The scholarship recipient will receive a paid registration to the conference, paid admission to conference meals, travel assistance or travel reimbursement up to $500, and an invitation to a West Yost hosted event (if applicable). The total value of the scholarship is over $1,000. Learn more

Virgina Tech undergraduate research program, Training Future Leaders to Solve Resource Challenges at the Confluence of Water and Society. The program will run from May 28 – July 27, 2018 in Blacksburg, VA on the Virginia Tech campus. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents, enrolled in a degree program leading to baccalaureate or associates degree, and be entering their sophomore, junior or senior year in Fall 2018. Activities will be place-based within the Virginia Tech StREAM Lab, with a view towards its relationship with the larger New River basin. Learn more and apply



  • F.D. Thomas, Inc. seeks to hire interns for their Sacramento, California; Kent, Washington; and Medford, Oregon-based offices. To apply, bring an updated copy of your resume to Kearney 101B for consideration and indicate your office of preference.
  • McClure and Sons, Inc., an award-winning industrial contractor, seeks to hire a project engineer to join their Oregon team. To apply, send an updated copy of your resume to Rob Bechtloff
  • R&R General Contractors, Inc. seeks to hire an intern for their Salem, Oregon-based office. Interviews will he held Thursday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to noon in Owen 424. To sign-up, bring an updated copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B.

Student Jobs 


  • Clatsop County Public Works seeks to hire a survey technician II for the Clatsop County Surveyor’s Office. To apply, submit completed Clatsop County employment application (and any supporting materials) to Clatsop County Human Resources 800 Exchange, Suite 410 Astoria OR 97103, email:, fax: 503-325-8325. View the job description and apply. The position closes March 15, 2018.
  • Cornerstone Construction, a general contractor based in Seattle, Washington, seeks new hires. To apply, email an updated resume in PDF format to Tom Cole
  • The State of Oregon seeks to hire an MLRR Supervisor (Principal Executive/Manager D). The Mineral Land Regulation & Reclamation (MLRR) program oversees the state's mineral production, and works to minimize impacts of natural resource extraction and to maximize the opportunities for land reclamation. The fee-based, statewide program regulates all upland and underground mining on lands within the State, and works collaboratively with other state agencies, local governments, Oregon's federally recognized Indian tribes, industry and the public. This position serves as the state's technical expert, responsible for ensuring that mine sites and oil/gas and geothermal drill sites are permitted and reclaimed statewide as prescribed by state laws, rules, and coordination commitments. The role will manage the MLRR program and supervise staff to ensure that the program maintains its effective oversight.
  • R&R General Contractors, Inc. seeks to hire a field engineer for their Salem, Oregon-based office. Interviews will he held Thursday, March 8 from 8 a.m. to noon in Owen 424. To sign-up, bring an updated copy of your resume to Lauren Farmen in Kearney 101B.
  • Stability Engineering Inc., located in Corvallis, Oregon seeks to hire an entry-level, full-time engineer. The position includes structural design of residential and commercial projects using a variety of materials and design techniques. They are looking for a motivated recent graduate (or soon to graduate) with a B.S. in Civil Engineering (structural emphasis preferred). Experience is not necessary. Stability Engineering is a growing engineering firm that performs local and regional structural engineering for residential and commercial projects. To apply, submit a resume and a cover letter to Resumes will be accepted through March 5, 2018.
  • TODD Construction, Inc. seeks to hire a project engineer for their Tualatin, Oregon-based office. To apply, email a cover letter and/or resume to Todd Construction at With enough interest, Todd Construction will host on-campus interviews in Kearney 101C on April 6.

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